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English Language Department

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English Language Department


Our Vision

Every student a confident and competent user of the English Language.

Our Beliefs:

We believe in building a strong foundation in students’ language skills and providing rich language for all. We believe that language is acquired through reading and frequent use.

Research on language learner reading shows how extensive reading feeds into improvements in all areas of language competence (Krashen 2004). As such, we have an array of programmes to promote reading. Opportunities are provided for students to read good books, listen to stories and voice their opinions.

Language is also a tool for communication. The importance of speaking skills, hence is enormous for the learners of any language. It is important to speak correctly and effectively in-order to communicate well with one another. We have provided various platforms to allow our students to use language confidently through public performances, language games and activities.

We hope to develop our students so that they can be confident and competent users of the English Language. 


Approach:


The English Language Department has adopted a two-pronged of building a strong foundation and providing rich language, focusing on reading and speaking.   Our reading and spoken English programmes are planned to enable our students to build their repertoire of vocabulary and grammar skills and use them in writing and oral presentations.


Key Events and Activities


Library and Reading Programmes: Assembly Talk

At the beginning of the year, as part of our school library programme, an assembly talk was conducted. A few of our P6 Students were given the platform to give a presentation to the students during assembly. The purpose of this assembly programme to create awareness of the importance of observing library etiquette and on how to choose appropriate books for reading.  Students are informed of the upcoming reading programmes that they can look forward to participate, for example “Books on Wheels”. 

 

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Thematic Displays & Activities

 

Books related to the monthly theme are highlighted for browsing and reading pleasure. Various activities for selected levels are provided for the particular month. Students can refer to the library noticeboards and displays for the books that have been curated by the school librarian.

 

Creative Writing Competition

 

To prepare the students for the competition, the school organised our very own 'EGPS Creative Writing Competition' in March. 90 students from P4/5/6 Charity, Grace and Joy classes were invited to participate in the competition. Panel of judges then picked out 3 best writers from each level as winners for the school competition. A total of 20 best entries were then submitted to the Civica organising committee, out of which 5 students make it to the finals. Congratulations to the following students:

 

1. Mischqa Mersyha (4 Grace)

2. Chiow Pei Ling (5 Grace)

3. Chong En Yu (6 Charity)

4. Fu Zi Kai (6 Charity)

5. Thien Hsien Ning (6 Joy)

 

Language Arts Programmes

 

To develop students’ confidence and competency in the spoken language, we have a 6-year matrix where students undergo an English Language Arts Programmes.

We have:

•        Poetry Recitation & Choral Reading in Primary 1 (Term 3)

•        Readers’ Theatre in Primary 2 (Term 1)

•        Drama in Primary 3 (Term 1)

 

Term 1 2020

 

Primary 2 Readers’ Theatre Performance

 

Through the Reader’s Theatre module, the students were exposed to a variety of readers’ theatre strategies and were given opportunities to develop their skills in performing and communicating.  This year, their performances were uploaded online and parents were invited to watch the videos of their performances. It was heartening to see the students putting in their best effort. 



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Term 1 2020


Primary 3 Drama Performance

Through the Drama module, the students were exposed to a variety of drama strategies and were given opportunities to develop their skills in performing and communicating. This year, their performances were uploaded online and parents were invited to watch the videos of their performances. The students did well and showed how adaptable they were despite the challenges that they faced initially. 

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